Kindergarten Michif Classroom
The Regina Catholic School Division, located on Treaty 4 territory, in keeping with its philosophy, recognizes that pupils of Indigenous ancestry represent a significant group. Divergent educational responses may be required to help them succeed in their educational development.
Regina Catholic Schools focus on the Education Sector Strategic Plan outcomes and priorities to ensure increased awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures and to support equitable opportunities and outcomes for students of Indigenous ancestry. Supports are offered in the following initiatives:
Mandatory Treaty Education K-12 Regina Catholic Schools continue to work closely with the Office of the Treaty Commission to build system wide capacity. A team of Treaty Teacher Leaders assist and support teachers at their respectful schools in the successful implementation of the topic of treaties in the classroom and actualization of the Renewed Treaty Resource. Teachers of PreKindergarten to grade 12 students are provided professional development opportunities on the implementation of Teaching Treaties in the classroom.
The Cultural Room at Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School was established to provide increased awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures.
Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers are available to the schools. The Elders in schools assist with cultural awareness, link Indigenous community to school, support the retention and aquisition of Indigenous cultures, provide support and advocate for Indigenous students and families and assist teachers within the classroom. Regina Catholic School Division Elders assist the schools by offering curriculum actualization and promotes Catholic distinctiveness.
Circle of Voices
Indigenous Advisory Committee
LEADING TOWARD INSPIRING SUCCESS
In 2019, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education released an update of the document entitled Inspiring Success – Building towards Student Achievement: Indigenous Education Policy Framework to school divisions across the province. This document defined Indigenous education as being holistic, lifelong, and culturally responsive equitable opportunities for all students, an acknowledgement of Elders and traditional knowledge keepers who reveal Indigenous worldviews as valid ways of knowing, and the incorporation of Indigenous ways of knowing. The rationale for this policy framework is articulated in the historical, cultural, ecological, moral, economic and Student First imperatives.
With these characteristics in mind, coupled with positive student achievement indicators as a significant end goal, Regina Catholic Schools is on a journey of "inspiring success" for Indigenous students and families. The Indigenous populations are growing at a significant rate within the city of Regina and the province of Saskatchewan, and student demographics are constantly changing within Regina Catholic Schools. The Board wishes to ensure Regina Catholic Schools can meet the needs of Indigenous students by preparing them to be contributing, faith-filled members of society in the 21st century.
In 2006-2007 the Indigenous Education department of Regina Catholic Schools researched and summarized past, current, and suggested future practices within Regina Catholic Schools and met with numerous dialogue groups to create a vision for the future. From this vision, the Circle of Voices Advisory Committee was realized. In 2019 the committee reviewed the successes and challenges to adjust the purpose and responsibilities of the committee to continue to meet the needs of Indigenous students. The upcoming year will focus on establishing a shared mission and vision to achieve committee goals.
This advisory committee will provide opportunity for relationship building through on-going dialogue with all stakeholders to foster an understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The committee will focus on strategies to build bridges between students, staff and parents of RCSD regarding Indigenous education and culture.
The Circle of Voices advisory committee works to:
Ensure improved outcomes for Indigenous students within Regina Catholic Schools
Address the educational issues surrounding Indigenous students
Provide on-going support Indigenous education goals
Facilitate Indigenous community support
Build capacity as catalyst leaders
Foster relationships with Indigenous communities
Improve communication between the Indigenous parents and the school/school division
Address issues of social justice
Enhance the cultural sensitivity within Regina Catholic Schools
Identify gaps in services and advise solutions
Serve as a sounding board for policies, procedures, initiatives, and programs in relations to Indigenous education
Support Truth and Reconciliation in the division
Advocating for the renewal of the High School Social Sciences courses to include mandatory Indigenous education.
The Winter Count Buffalo Robe – Grandfather Buffalo still has learning for us and guides us on the journey of reconciliation. We will support the work in schools to learn, understand, and share the truth.
Support and advocate for various initiatives in our schools to move our journey of truth and reconciliation forward in a good way.
The Circle of Voices advisory committee has a diverse membership which includes Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community partners, teaching and support staff, school administration, senior administration, board office representation and school division board of trustees. Current membership will determine recruitment of additional members as needed.
Self-Declaring Indigenous Ancestry
Please contact us at 791-7200 for more information.